PAMA Expands Internet Presence
Dear PAMA Friends,
We are writing to inform you of the latest additions to our PAMA offerings. We have now enhanced our YouTube channel and would like you to visit and become a member of our channel. As a member of our channel you will be informed of new content and clips we add, which will be on weekly basis. We also encourage you to comment on the site and the clips as well as your experience at PAMA. We would like the world to know about our Shangri-La! Visit the link below:
Facebook helps you find and keep in touch with PAMA. You can share in the PAMA experience and join discussion groups. It's free and everyone can join.
So please join us in the exciting opporunities and pass email onto family and friends so that they can experience PAMA also!
Welcome to our new cyber experience!
Princeton Academy of Martial Arts
Celebrate PAMA's 22 Year Anniversary - Open House
Date/Time: Saturday, March 7th from 1 pm to 3pm
Open to the Public as well as PAMA Friends and Family
Demonstrations, Tours, Give-aways, Refreshments and Celebration!
Sifu Rick will be teaching a Silat seminar here at PAMA on February 7 from 10:30am-4pm. This seminar is open to the public so pass on the word. Register now in the Pro Shop! (Adult classes will be suspended this day. Childrens classes will still be held.) For more details, click here!
Student of the Month
- Pete Baron -
Please share with us some of your non-martial arts background.
I was raised on the Jersey Shore in Toms River. I spent most of my youth in and on the Barnegat Bay and at the Boardwalk in Seaside Heights. After high school I went to the University of Southern California (Go Trojans!) majoring in Aerospace Engineering. I then went into the Army and spent two years living in Germany as an Infantryman in the Ready First combat brigade of the 1st Armored Division. After leaving active duty, I went back to school at Rutgers University (Go RU!) and obtained a Computer Science degree. My first job out of Rutgers was with Accenture (Andersen Consulting at the time). I've been working with Accenture for over 12 years, and my current role is an application outsourcing manager for Bristol Meyers Squibb in Lawrenceville.
Can you please speak to your first interest in Martial Arts?
I've had an interest in Martial Arts since I was a kid. I always enjoyed watching Black Belt theatre on Sunday afternoons and loved martial arts movies. I first started training when I was in high school in Shotokan Karate. I later trained in Tang Soo Do and Okinawan Kempo/Torite Jutsu. I was never able to train in any style for a long time since I moved every 1-3 years until I bought my current residence in Hillsborough. In addition, my job sometimes requires a lot of travel. During one two year period before joining PAMA, I amassed nearly 1 million Marriot rewards points! I still miss the daily maid service and tasty little mints on my pillow.
How did you first hear about PAMA and what made you decide to join the academy?
In 2007, I experienced a severe health issue, and underwent two surgeries. I really couldn't do any physical activity except walking short distances for over 8 months. I needed to be in town to attend doctor's appointments and even walking was painful, so I switched my role at work from a travelling consultant to a long term in-town position. I had always wanted to get back into martial arts, and my in-town assignment enabled me to start training again. I searched for Martial Arts schools online and found PAMA. During my year of inactivity, I watched a lot of MMA on Spike TV and decided that I wanted to try a more boxing/kickboxing oriented style and try some ground fighting. It turned out that PAMA was a perfect match, and was also close to work.
What are some of the benefits that you have experienced through the Martial Arts?
I believe that Martial Arts provides a number of benefits to its students. On the physical side, you receive a combination of strength, cardio, and flexibility training. Martial arts also burns a lot of calories. Combined with a good diet it can help with weight loss goals. Since joining PAMA, I've lost 15 pounds. Martial arts also helps with reaction speed, timing, and hand-eye coordination. On the mental side, Martial Arts can build self confidence, focus, awareness, and is a great stress relief. As an IT manager, I am continually bombarded with information all day long. It's nice to go to PAMA and just have to concentrate on one thing... like not getting punched in the head. Another great thing about martial arts is that it's exercise with a purpose. Instead of just excercising to get in shape, you also learn a valuable skill - self defense.
What arts do you study and which are your favorites?
I currently study Muay Thai and Jun Fan. I don't think I really have a favorite. My favorite techniques in Muay Thai are the devastating knees and the clinch, though I'm not very good at it yet. In Jun Fan, I enjoy the boxing skills. I'd like to branch into MMA next since I've never tried any ground fighting, and I'm also interested in the new boxing skills class.
How do you feel that cross training benefits you?
I feel that there are two categories where cross training benefits me. The first is 'similar' skills. There are a lot of skills that cross the different styles. For example, jabs, hooks, and crosses are basically the same across the styles so training in these skills is directly transferrable. The second is 'dissimilar' skills. Each of the styles has some techniques that are not present, or are not commonly used in the other arts. Cross training puts more tools in your toolbox. Sifu talked about most people falling back on a handful of techniques that they prefer. Cross training gives you a larger number of techniques to choose from to find ones that fit your body type, fitness level, and style.
What do you enjoy most about your training?
The thing I enjoy most about training at PAMA is the fast pace and focus on bag and pad drills. In some of the traditional Karate styles I tried, there was a lot of training done just striking the air. There was also a lot of emphasis on 'Kata', or forms. I always liked actually hitting things, so I find the PAMA training more enjoyable. Another enjoyable aspect of training at PAMA is the people. There are a lot of skilled martial artists at PAMA. They are very willing to help more junior students, and I believe that training with people who are more skilled than yourself helps you learn faster.
Anything else additional you would like to add?
Thanks to Sifu Rick, the instructors, and the assistant instuctors that make PAMA a great place to train!
- Camps Kids Sports Expo -
Saturday, January 31st marked the 11th Annual "Camps Kids Sports Expo". The event hosted representatives from a variety of different camps, programs and services and provided information to families about potential opportunities for their children. PAMA was proud to be represented through a demonstration performed by the individuals, ranging from ages 6 to 13, in the Children's Martial Arts program. Forms of kickboxing, trapping, and Kali were all accounted for.
Click here to see all the pictures taken at the expo.
The demonstration began as pairs of students displayed basic drills in Kali and Jun Fan kickboxing followed by the performance of the Sil Lim Tao by the entire group of participating children. Next, the onlookers watched pairs of students, separated into different age levels, each training a different drill. As a conclusion of our demonstration, instructor Mike Lee led volunteer children from the crowd in their very own Martial Arts lesson. The crowd erupted into applause for the hard work, focus, and overall great performance of our PAMA children and instructors.
Click here to see all the pictures taken at the expo.
The success of this event would not have been possible without the time and effort of our Instructors and the determination, initiative and discipline of the students in our Children's program. The purpose of this event was to use their good example to inspire other families to join our PAMA community, which, with a continuation of the effort put forth on January 31st, will continue to thrive and grow for the entirety of 2009.
Click here to see all the pictures taken at the expo.
- New Boxing Skills Class Announced! -
We are changing the Wednesday 6:00PM MMA/Grappling class to this new Boxing skills class. The class will be 45 minutes and begin at 6:15PM. This will not only be a great workout and fun, it will enhance your attributes and important skills in every other art that you practice here.
Boxing Skills is highly recommended for everyone. No matter which martial discipline you practice here at PAMA, these drills and skills in all the arts, and help you gain confidence and techniques for optional sparring.
- Kali Level 1 Test -
- Childrens Testing: 6-8 Year Old Test -
Sifu Recommends a Book
- On the Warrior's Path, Second Edition -
The urge to forge one's character by fighting, in daily life as well as on the mat, appeals to something deep within us. More than a collection of fighting techniques, martial arts constitute a path to developing body, spirit, and awareness. On the Warrior's Path connects the martial arts with this larger perspective, merging subtle philosophies with no-holds-barred competition, Nietzsche with Bruce Lee, radical Taoism and Buddhism with the Star Wars Trilogy, traditional martial arts with basketball and American Indian culture. At the center of all these phenomena is the warrior. Though this archetype seems to manifest contradictory values, author Daniele Bolelli describes the heart of this tension: how the training of martial technique leads to a renunciation of violence, and how overcoming fear leads to a unique freedom. Aimed at students at any level or tradition of martial arts but also accessible to the armchair warrior, On the Warrior's Path brings fresh insights to why martial arts remains an enduring and widespread art and discipline. Two new chapters in this second edition focus on spirituality in the martial arts and the author's personal journey in the field.
- Sifu Rick will be conducting a Jeet Kune Do, Kali, and Silat seminar in Essex, England on March 13, 14, & 15. For more information, check out the Seminar Page.
- The 4 and 8 month tests for Jun Fan will be held on February 14. Please see an instructor for details and don't forget to sign up in the Pro Shop.
- l-Theanine by Pure Encapsulations -
Green tea has been recognized for centuries as having relaxant properties. l-Theanine, a unique amino acid derived from tea, provides the characteristic taste of green tea. l-Theanine has also been discovered as the biologically active constituent of green tea responsible for promoting relaxation. In a preliminary non-clinical study, an l-theanine solution enhanced alpha wave production in the occipital and parietal regions of the brains of volunteers. These observed patterns are considered to be an index of relaxation. Furthermore, it did so rapidly and without causing drowsiness. In two additional studies, alpha waves were also shown to be detectable soon after l-theanine administration. Theanine is also useful for supporting healthy cellular function. Preliminary research suggests that l-theanine may be helpful for premenstrual support including healthy attitude. Furthermore, theanine has been reported to moderate the effects of caffeine on the central nervous system. l-Theanine's safety is supported in studies and by its long history of safe consumption in tea. Pure Encapsulations l-Theanine is Suntheanine®, the brand which has been used in scientific studies.
Video/Pictures: Mary Jo Colli, Kurt Komoda, Mike Lee
Stories: Mary Jo Colli, Hannah Everist, Mike Lee, Max Wang